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Britain
Inf Tank Mk I (Matilda)
Ordnance classification - A11

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The Inf Tank Mk I was designed in 1935, manufactured by Vickers-Armstrong and was in use from 1936 to 1940.

Photo of Inf Tank Mk I (Matilda)

General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1936 - 1940
Ordnance classificationA11
Quantity Produced140
Weight12 tonne
Crew2
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length4.92 mtr
Width2.31 mtr
Height1.91 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed8 mph
Max Cross Country Speed4 mph
Range Road90 miles
Range Cross Country36 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacity50 gal
Horse Power70 hp
Power/Weight5 hp/tonne
General Information
The Inf Tank Mk I was designed in 1935, manufactured by Vickers-Armstrong and was in use from 1936 to 1940.

The vehicle was powered by Ford 'V8' petrol powerplant producing 70 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 8 mph with a range of about 90 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was good providing a max speed of about 4 mph and a range of about 36 miles.

It was armed with 1 light machine gun , a Vickers Medium Machine Gun. The Matilda was originally designed as an Infantry support tank - so slow moving with thick armour and a single man turret with a machine gun.

Armour Details
Turret
Front65mm@(65mm)
Side65mm@(65mm)
Rear65mm@(65mm)
Top10mm@90°(10mm)
Superstructure
Front60mm@67°(154mm)
Side60mm@30°(69mm)
Rear60mm@25°(66mm)
Top30mm@90°(30mm)
Hull
Front60mm@10°(61mm)
Side60mm@(60mm)
Rear60mm@25°(66mm)
Top30mm@90°(30mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 154 mm - Minimum 30 mm



Weapon Details
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photo of Vickers Medium Machine Gun from Vickers medium machine gun Wikipedia
History
The Vickers medium machine gun was designed during World War I as a replacement for the Maxim gun from which its design was taken.

It served throughout World War I and II as a fixed point machine gun used to suppress areas and act as a defensive point.
ManufacturerVickers
Manufactured1912 - 1968
Calibre7.70mm
LengthL/93
Rate of Fire450 rpm
Number of Rounds 4000
 
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
Standard british .303 round - MkVIII (only used in Vickers Mg)(MG)
7.70mm 0.01Kg 844M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.14
Penetration(mm@30°) 2
Penetration(mm@0°) 3
Hit Probability(%) 98

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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